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After the Flood: Andy & Jen’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm delighted to share a wonderful Nashville wedding accompanied by two incredible wedding specials!

A few weeks ago, jHenderson Photography and CJ's Off the Square each reached out to me to share their individual summer specials.  Ironically, I'd just received Andy and Jen's wedding to feature that took place at CJ's photographed by JHenderson.  How seredipitous ! I love when things come together just right!  So, instead of just falling in love with the garden wedding (as I did) and the wow photos, you can have your own garden wedding photographed by a killer photographer and SAVE SAVE SAVE!!  Yes - you can thank me (and them) later.

First - the specials, then the wedding

1) JHenderson Photography's "Shoot & Burn" package is available for select September wedding dates. For only $1,800, the package includes 5 hours of coverage and a DVD with full printing rights.  You're not limited to just five hours either - each additional hour is $200.  Your date must fall on September 11,12, 17,18,19, 25, 26, or October 1, 2 this year.  Definitely contact Jenna by visiting jHenderson Studios online.

2) CJ's off the Square's Summer Special - I'm a bit tardy sharing this special (that technically ended on 7/15) but I am HOPING that the lovely ladies at CJs will extend the offer to ABG brides that contact them this week.  Contact them asap and save $500 off your rehearsal dinner and even more off your wedding( $1000 on Saturdays or $1500 off Sunday – Friday).


Romance After the Storm - Andy & Jen Tie the Knot at CJ's Off the Square

To give you a better glimpse into jHenderson's amazing photography (she makes it all look so gorgeous) please know that Andy and Jen's Tennessee wedding took place a little bit after the flood hit us in May.  Considering the destruction the water made in parts of Franklin, TN, it was such a blessing for our bride and groom, Jen and Andy still had a wonderful wedding at CJ's Off the Square was barely touched and they still managed to have a beautiful wedding day !



Bride ~ Jennifer Lynn Carroll

Groom ~ Richard Andrew Holtzclaw (Andy)

Saturday May 8th, 2010

Location ~ CJ's Off the Square, Franklin, TN

120 Guests



What was your wedding style?
Definitely Romantic.

What were your colors and why did you choose them?
Black and Champagne. These colors are classic, simple and romantic.

Did you have a theme? What was it?
Romantic. Our wedding was in the evening, so we wanted lots of candles and outdoor lighting to enhance the romantic feeling.






What did you use for inspiration?
The, Bride Magazines (Ashley’s Bride Guide being on of them) and photo albums displayed at CJ’s, as well as their blog.

Wedding Scoop:

What was your budget?

What was your wedding WOW factor?
Our guests raved about the food provided by Bistro To-Go. We are still getting compliments on the food 2 months later.

What did you give as favors to your guests?
Golf tees (my husband is a golf lover), koozies and match books. Each item had a silly little saying and our names and date engraved on them.

How did you personalize your wedding?
We used music to personalize our day. We made our own song list for the wedding and reception. We love to dance and have parties whenever possible. It was important to us to really throw a great party for our friends and family. The music selection was a huge part of that. We really wanted the music to reflect our personalities.





What did you give your bridesmaids and groomsmen?
The bridesmaids received a jeweled, personalized compact purse mirror and a personalized jewelry pouch. The groomsmen received a travel cooler filled with their favorite 12 pack of beer.


What was your most special moment of the day?
Wow! There were a lot of those, but I would definitely say it was the moment I stood at the isle and saw my husband looking at me with that look that every girl dreams of. It was perfect!

Did you have kids at your wedding? What did you do for them?
We did have kids at our wedding. They enjoyed feeding the fish in the fish pond at CJ’s Off the Square. They also love to dance, so they all danced their little hearts out at the reception. They had a great time!


Did you Do It Yourself? Or, did you leave it to the professionals?
We did the planning ourselves. Thankfully we had Amy (wedding coordinator with CJ’s) to provide us with vendor referrals and suggestions. This was a huge help! There are so many wedding vendors out there it’s difficult to know where to begin.

If you did DIY, what was your favorite project? Why?
My favorite project was a fabric note board (3x10) given to us as a gift at one of our showers by very close friends. We used it at the wedding to display photos of us with our friends and families and sweet little love notes written on napkins that my husband and I wrote to each other early in our relationship while having dinner at a local restaurant one night. It was a big hit!

Wedding Vendors:
~ Planner: Amy Parman (Wedding Coordinator at CJ’s Off the Square)
~ Cake(s): Maples Cakes
~ Caterer: Bistro To-Go
~ Photographer: jHenderson Studios
~ Stationery: Williamson County Weddings
~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Faccio Bridal
~ Rings: Shane Company
~ Music: Jason Middleton
~ Decorations/Detail: Southern Events
~ Bridal Gown: Faccio Bridal
~ Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
~ Accessories: Antiques at the Factory
~ Flowers: Enchanted Florist
~ Transportation: AllStar Limo
~ Gifts: Wedding Depot

~ Who were your favorites? {the ones you would highly recommend to your best friend} Bistro To-Go, jHenderson Photography, Maples Cakes, Jason Middleton, CJ’s Off the Square and Enchanted Florist.




Wedding Rewind:

What would you do differently if you could start back at the beginning?
I would have started the planning process sooner. We decided to get married one year after being engaged so that we wouldn’t feel rushed. We chose our venue one month after being engaged. We were so excited to get the most important item out of the way, we took 5 more months off. We didn’t start planning until 6 months before our wedding. A year seems like a long time, but in retrospect it really isn’t when planning a wedding. It was, literally, the shortest year of my life.

What do you consider the biggest waste of time and/or money?
The limo service. We had an after party and spent the night at the Marriott in Cool Springs, which is about 5 to 7 minutes from CJ’s. Not to mention the mishaps by the limo service. We definitely would not incur this expense if we had it to do over again.

What do you consider the best value for the service and product?
jHenderson Photography. Her prices are competitive and she offers individual packages depending on your needs. You definitely get the most bang for your buck. Best of all her photos are beautiful!

What was the neatest thing you found for your wedding? CJ’s Off the Square. The most important thing to us was to find a venue that we could have our wedding and reception at and that was beautiful and different at the same time. CJ’s provided all those aspects for us. It is quaint and cozy and we truly felt at home.

What was your biggest {and best} splurge? CJ’s and jHenderson Photography.


Absolutely beautiful! We hope you like what you see. Definitely check out more of jHenderson Studio's work and don't forget to ask her about Shoot & Burn! Thank you Jen & Andy for sharing your wedding with us we wish you all the best!

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Ashley King

Hey - I'm Ashley! I started to give Nashville brides, or folks planning a Nashville wedding, a local resource for inspiration and resources. Hope to see you at a bridal show soon! Until then, Find me on

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send Posted on July 19, 2010 | Filed under: Contests, Giveaways, Specials, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings,

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jHenderson Studios says...

Thanks for the great feature!

Posted on July 20, 2010 @ 4:16pm

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